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Robert Kelly

educator , novelist , poet

Robert Kelly, American poet, novelist, educator. Recipient award distinction National Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, 1986.


Kelly, Robert was born on September 24, 1935 in Brooklyn. Son of Samuel Jason and Margaret Rose (Kane) Kelly.


AB, City College of New York, 1955. Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1958. Doctor of Letters (honorary), State University of New York, Oneonta, 1994.


Translator, treasurer Continental Translate Service, New York City, 1955-1958. Lecturer English Wagner College, 1960-1961. Professor English Bard College, since 1961.

Director writing program Milton Avery Graduate School Arts, 1981-1993, Asher B. Edelman professor literature, since 1986, co-director writing program in fiction and poetry, since 1995. Visiting professor State University of New York, Buffalo, 1964. Visiting professor modern poetry Tufts University, 1966-1967.

Director Federal Writers Project, New York, since 1967. Director fiction New York Writer's Conference, 1967. Poet-in-residence California Institute of Technology, 1971-1972, University Kansas, 1975, Dickinson College, 1976.



Married Charlotte Mandell, 1993.